Posted: Aug 15, 2014 4:25 PM by Troy Gaulden
Updated: Aug 15, 2014 6:55 PM
DONALDSONVILLE - A Donaldsonville mother hadn't seen her 15-year-old son since last weekend and doesn't believe she'll see him alive again after sheriff's deputies found a body Thursday.
Deputies found a badly beaten African American teen dead along the Mississippi River in Donaldsonville. Investigators are waiting on a dental records match before officially identifying the body.
However, Katrina Augusta, the mother of missing teen Brandon Augusta, says she knows her son was beaten to death. She was shown pictures of clothing found on the body that match what her son was wearing when he vanished Sunday. Augusta told News 2 that she also recognized Brandon's initials written inside basketball shorts.
"I just couldn't believe it," she said. "It's unbelievable, really unbelievable to have to deal with this... or any parent to have to deal with this. I won't let this rest at all. I won't let it rest."
Investigators say evidence points to blunt force trauma to the head. Augusta doesn't want to believe that someone could do this to her son.
"My first thoughts are him and what could have happened and why did they do this to him," she said.
Investigators say the body was beaten so badly that they could not positively identify it as Brandon Augusta but wouldn't rule out a link between the body and the missing boy. Augusta says the worst part is knowing that her son's last moments alive were at the hands of a killer.
"It's awful. It's real awful to know that. It bothers me so much. That's what I always think about," she said.
Augusta feels she won't have closure until her son's killer is locked up.
"There's no end to it. They think they're going to walk, but they're not going to walk away from this," she said. "Because with God all things are possible... with God all things are possible. It's going to come to the surface who did this to my son."
Brandon Augusta had just started his freshman year of high school last week.